As mentioned earlier this booklet will explore the truthfulness behind the claims made about Constantine, the New Testament and Jesus. Each chapter will open with a brief outline of the claims made in The Da Vinci Code and where to find them.
Throughout this booklet whenever I reference a claim made in the novel I refer to the chapter followed by the page number in the Corgi paperback version (2004).
Hopefully, the chapter reference will help you find the material regardless of which edition you possess. You might notice that nearly all of the claims come from a series of six chapters (55, 56, 58, 60, 61, 62) while Sophie Neveu and Robert Langdon are at Château Villette with Sir Leigh Teabing.
So much of the conspiracy rests on the actions of Constantine the Great that we need to start with the claims made about the fourth century emperor.
In Chapter One we will examine four of these claims: a) that he fused Christianity and paganism together; b) that he 'upgraded' Jesus from mortal prophet to divine being at the Council of Nicea and then; c) commissioned a new Bible to support his new Christianity all the while; d) a complete pagan himself. Once we dispense with the claims that he radically altered Christianity (a & b) the authenticity of his conversion (d) becomes less significant.
Even if Constantine didn't require a new Bible to support his new official ideology The Da Vinci Code insinuates that the New Testament is not a reliable source of information about Jesus.
Chapter Two will be concerned with the question of how reliable is the New Testament against other sources such as the Nag Hammadi Texts which also record information about Jesus.
Finally, in Chapter Three we will examine the claims about Jesus and his marriage to Mary Magdalene as well as some of the other claims made about him in The Da Vinci Code including what early Christians believed about him.